department menu

Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated: September 1

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) offers a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month internship in Health Service Psychology for graduate students working toward doctoral degrees in clinical and counseling psychology. 
The aim of Student Health and Counseling Services’ internship is to assist in the development of clinical psychologists based on the scholar practitioner model. 

The program is based in a University Counseling Center in San Marcos, CA, a suburb on San Diego located in North County San Diego. Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) has a diverse student body, and the intern will have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of clients, and faculty. The program, in evaluating applicants, therefore values experience in providing services to diverse groups. Cultural competence and experience and emphasis on diversity in training and practice is crucial to success at CSUSM SHCS.

In training to be a generalist through a multicultural lens, as the internship has a focus on, a strong applicant to the program will have experience related to a UCC scholar-practitioner generalist model. These include practicum and professional experience providing short term and time limited therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, outreach experience, consultation experience, particularly with an interdisciplinary team, the demonstrated ability to be flexible in a demanding environment, and strong oral and written communication skills.

The applicant must have permission to work in the United States and have permission to work for the entire length of the 12-month, full time internship program. 

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application?  If Yes, indicate how many:
Hours Minimum # Hours Required to Apply Hour Amount
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Yes Amount: 500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours Yes Amount: 50

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

In screening applicants for CSUSM’s Internship in Health Service Psychology, the applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Enrolled in a doctoral program that is APA or CPA accredited.
  2. Intervention hours meeting minimum requirements.
    Please note, the minimum hours of intervention (500) must be completed as part of the requirements of the APA accredited doctoral program. Hours accrued in terminal master’s programs will be considered after the minimum of 500 doctoral hours are met.
  3. Applicant must be certified as ready by the doctoral program.
  4. Applicant must have completion of coursework and comps expected by start of internship.

SHCS bases its selection process using a holistic review of the AAPI in its entirety.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
Benefit Details
 Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns $27,240
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? Yes
If access to medical insurance is provided: 
Trainee contribution to cost required? No
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time off (PTO and/or Vacation) 208
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 96
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes

Other Benefits:

Please see Unit 3 Benefits for full description of benefits available to interns.

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Year: 2015-2018
Initial Post-Internship Positions Interns
Total number of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 8
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 3
Position Breakdowns
 Position PD EP
Community Mental Health Center 1  
Federally Qualified Health Center    
Independent Primary Care Facility/Clinic    
University Counseling Center 1  
Veterans Affair Medical Center    
Military Health Center    
Academic Health Center    
Community College or Other Teaching Setting    
Psychiatric Hospital    
Academic University/Department   1
Community College or Other Teaching Setting    
Independent Research Institution    
Correctional Facility    
School District/ system    
Independent practice setting 1 1
Not Currently Employed   3
Changed to Another Field    
Other    
Unknown    

Year: 2015-2018   Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time.  For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.